Katharina Liensberger will be the new star of the 2021 World Ski Championships in Cortina d’Ampezzo Sports leave. On Saturday, the Vorarlberg woman added slalom gold to her parallel world championship title and clearly outperformed Petra Vlhova and Mikaela Shiffrin. The 23-year-old has never led a race in the World Cup. However, women’s racing director Christian Mitter was skeptical about a possible permanent changing of the guard in slalom.
Liensberger, who narrowly missed her first World Cup victory several times, distanced Vlhova from Slovakia by a full second in Hirscher style and was 1.98 seconds ahead of defending champion Shiffrin. “It’s really unbelievable that I can experience that. The moment to cross the finish line and really be a second ahead is so valuable precisely because I know what I’ve done for it and how many people are supporting me, ”announced the double world champion, who also surprisingly did a giant slalom in Cortina -Bronze won.
Vlhova on Liensberger: “She drove perfectly”
“I knew what my plan was and what to do, what my job was. That is skiing with enthusiasm and heart. Of course you notice a lot on the sidelines, and yet it is important to ignore it all and concentrate on the essentials. I definitely succeeded in doing that, ”added Liensberger, who was happy to receive many compliments from the competition. “It wasn’t enough of me because Katharina was really fast. She drove perfectly, ”said Vlhova, who is in the lead in the overall and slalom World Cup.
With two gold medals and one bronze medal, Liensberger is the most successful athlete at the World Championships, together with Lara Gut-Behrami from Switzerland, who won gold in giant slalom and Super-G, and bronze in the downhill. “Sounds good, yes,” said the patroness. Shiffrin has four medals, more than any other, but she only got gold in the Alpine Combined. “ The re wasn’t a scenario today where I got more than bronze,” she clarified.
Mitter was particularly pleased that Liensberger had delivered a favorite victory. “You know that she has what it takes,” he emphasized. How such young athletes react, “when they are up there at a World Cup, you never really know. But I thought so, because she just trusts her technique and her skiing. ” Liensberger “simply does things right physically. It stands well against it, it brings the ski on train. ” In addition, she has the mental abilities that are needed to be at the very front.
Mitter: “You can just practice such a situation very rarely”
“You can very rarely practice such a situation. But what comes closest is the World Cup. She has already shown that she can do it, ”explained Mitter. “In the end, the one who has practiced the most is always the best. If you enjoy doing something, then you practice most and do it the most, then you will be good at it too. ”
He was unable to answer whether Liensberger’s World Cup victory was synonymous with a new hierarchy in the world of women’s slalom. “It’s all going so fast. If I look at Andreja Slokar (who placed fifth; note), who already pressed unconditionally on Semmering, then someone else follows. So you can never say that there is now a long dominance, ”said Mitter. “Today it is once that she dominated the race. Now let’s see what can be done even better, because everything wasn’t perfect either. ”
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